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Editor's comment: We can all help to clean up borough

PUBLISHED: 08:00 13 April 2019

Cabinet member for environment, Councillor Osman Dervish, council leader Cllr Damian White and deputy leader of Havering Council Cllr Damian White with staff from the local authority's street cleaning team. Picture: Mark Sepple

Cabinet member for environment, Councillor Osman Dervish, council leader Cllr Damian White and deputy leader of Havering Council Cllr Damian White with staff from the local authority's street cleaning team. Picture: Mark Sepple

Mark Sepple

If there's one thing that unites us all in annoyance, it's dirty streets.

No one likes to see litter blowing about, chewing gum stuck to pavements – and then the soles of our shoes – or old, broken furniture dumped on a street corner.

We all hate having to dodge the poo left behind by dogs whose inconsiderate owners can’t be bothered to clear up after them.

So Havering Council’s launch of its Cleaner Havering campaign has to be welcome news.

It will be increasing street cleansing from three-weekly to fortnightly, but we all need to do our bit.

Just because we pay council tax we can’t expect the council to clear up all our mess.

It’s not fair to throw crisp packets out of the car window and expect the council to clear it up.

It’s not fair to dump unwanted stuff on the street rather than take it to the recycling centre or arrange for it to be collected.

If there is already litter or rubbish in the street, it is more likely to accumulate. People find it easier to add to it than be the first one to make the mess.

And it’s a poor example to set for the younger generation. Should we be teaching our children it’s OK to drop their rubbish for someone else to pick up?

The council is asking everyone to help and change people’s behaviour by reporting fly-tipping and littering so it can take action.

The Recorder is all in favour of anything that can help to keep our environment clean and tidy so we are happy to get involved in any way we can.

In the coming weeks we will be reporting on activities designed to help create a Cleaner Havering.

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